Using MFW ECC was entirely new to us- actually using an organized comprehensive curriculum was new altogether. We ended up starting with ECC core subjects- Bible, science, geography, etc., then adding in all language arts and math after a week or two. The first two weeks were a steep learning curve for everyone, especially around organizing time, and everything took a little longer than it takes now. It was a lot less pressure to have only those subjects to get through when it still took time to find the right book, read the teacher's manual again, etc. It really wasn't a huge loss to start LA and math a week in, and I think the kids got some of the more difficult geography concepts from the first 2 weeks down solid because that was all they were focusing on.mom2threeBoys wrote:I have decided that starting a week or two before public school is what we are going to do. But I am wondering what you might suggest. We will be doing MFW1 and ECC this first year of homeschool following public school.
I have considered maybe starting with just reading/writing/math for my 4th grader while starting MFW1. Then add in ECC after we get a small grasp on what we are doing. Any pro and/or con thoughts on this? Or are the first couple of weeks of both introductory enough that jumping all in might just be ok? I would love to use as much of both programs as possible. Or maybe save the. MFW1science for next summer? It's hard to plan a school year, let a lone a school day or week, without curriculum in hand. Thanks!
Everything ended up evening out because we've had one full week and a few partial weeks where we did just language arts and math because we needed a lighter week. There's one perspective for you, I'm interested to hear what others think.